Kurt Rambis speaks!
- Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
- June 3, 2011 - 1:01 PM
Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis spoke to reporters after this morning's free-agent workout at Target Center about his uncertain future.
Here's some of what he said....
It has been more than six weeks since the team's season ended and he still doesn't know if he'll be back as coach.
When asked if he thinks the situation is being handled appropriately, he said, "It's not how I would handle it, no...I think everybody has reasons for why they conduct their business in the way they want to conduct their business. If you're asking me if that's what I'd do, no. That's not how I would handle things, but everybody's different."
He said he and boss David Kahn have had "minor conversations" since the season's end. He also said he expects they will have to have an in-depth conversation about the past season and the future but there's no plans to do that now.
Rambis is leaving for his home in Los Angeles later today and David Kahn is headed to Europe next week on a scouting trip.
Asked if he's upset or offended by the situation, he said, "I don't know what to say. I have to conduct my life in the way I conduct my life and I'm responsible for my emotions. I just handle things that way."
He said he didn't attend the Chicago pre-draft camp two weeks ago because its format is mostly measurements, interviews and drills and there's very little actual play in which he can evaluate a player's instincts and how he plays the game.
He said he attended workouts at Target Center last week and this week because it's a better opportunity to form an opinion about players.
"The way I see it, I'm doing my job," he said. "I'm still the coach of this team until something happens so I've got to be watching for talent, doing whatever I can to help this team get better.
"It's out of my control. There's nothing I can do about it. I just have to proceed as I am and do my job. These are workouts I feel like I should be at.
"In my mind’s eye, nothing's changed. I'm still doing the same things now that I was doing last summer in getting ready for camp and the season and looking at players and what we can do to get better."
When asked if he thinks the entire situation is related to a possible players lockout next month, he said, "Don't know."
Whether he is fired or not, Rambis will get paid about $4 million for the remaining two seasons on his contract.
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